Dr. Gifford Howarth is currently Associate Professor of Percussion at Bloomsburg University located in Bloomsburg, PA. His previous teaching duties included teaching at Michigan State University and Nazareth College (Rochester, NY). Dr. Howarth has received degrees from Michigan State University (DMA), Kent State University (MM), and Ithaca College (BM). He has presented clinics and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe including Singapore, China, Thailand, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Malaysia. He has also presented at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), several MENC All-State Conferences and PAS Day of Percussion events. The focus for most of the workshops is geared around percussion education. Dr. Howarth is heavily involved in different competitive marching activities. He was on the percussion staff for the DCI group, THE CADETS from 1999 to 2006. Over the years he has written for several WGI, BOA, and DCA ensembles. He is currently a national adjudicator for DCI, WGI, and BOA along with several statewide marching band and indoor percussion circuits. Dr. Howarth is a National Yamaha Performing Artist, a Signature Artist for the Vic Firth Company, and a clinician for Remo Percussion and the Zildjian Cymbal Company. He has several works published through Tap Space publications.